Altitude is owned and operated by Queenstown locals with a simple mission to provide unique, high quality and authentic experiences. Our guides and drivers have been hand picked because of their passion for the region and love for showing domestic and international tourists epic experiences.
Heidi is a born and bred kiwi girl who hails from Hamilton in the North Island. After finishing school, she moved to Queenstown where she studied Tourism Management and has called this beautiful region home ever since. Having worked in tourism for her entire career in various guiding and management roles, Heidi was looking for a new challenge and after a few months of planning and discussions Altitude Tours was born.
A self confessed ’wine geek’, Mick has been a part of the local wine industry here for over 15 years. Originally from across the Tasman, Mick’s background as a sommelier at Australia’s top restaurants was perfect grooming for his role as a wine guide. His extensive knowledge of the local region and it’s wine has earned Mick the reputation as the guide for the rich and famous, and former clients include some of the world’s hottest celebrities! Mick’s easy going nature and cheeky sense of humour provides a relaxed and friendly tour experience for all involved. He loves to chat and he’s great at tailoring the dialogue to benefit all comers, irrespective of wine knowledge.
Tania is a born and bred kiwi who grew up in the mighty Naki (Hawera, North Island) and spent 8 years living abroad before settling in the beautiful Wakatipu region over 10 years ago. Tania has a huge passion for animals (some call her Fluffy- the crazy cat lady), wine, Lord of the Rings, and this beautiful region. Having been in various guiding roles over the past 10 years Tania will ensure you have an epic experience with Altitude Tours.
Padraic (Podge) – Guide
Originally from Ireland, Podge has been living in the region for over 6 years now, mainly working in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. With his laid back, fun and friendly personality paired with his knowledge and love of the region, Podge will make everyone feel welcome and entertained on any tour!
As Kiwi as the come, Erik oozes enthusiasm and passion for Lord of the Rings, wine, beer and the beautiful Wakatipu region. Originally from a farming background, his entrepreneurial streak shone through and he has dabbled in various business ventures before settling in Queenstown and starting the famous Erik’s fish and chips. Wife Anna now runs this freeing up Erik to share his wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm about the region to Altitude Tours guests.
Graeme our legendary driver and guide may be an Aussie but we’re happy to claim him as our own. Graeme has been ski instructing at Coronet Peak for over 27 years as well as guiding around the Wakatipu region, Queenstown and the South Island for years. A genuine good bugger, his combination of a fantastic sense of humour, in-depth knowledge and love for the region will ensure you have an amazing tour with Altitude.
Andy is a born and bred kiwi whose greatest passion is the great outdoors and adventure sports. Andy has been tour guiding in and around Queenstown and NZ since the mid 80’s including 4wd, motorcycle, ski, hiking, gold mining, nature tours and now adding wine tours to his repertoire. His extensive knowledge, fun personality and love of people makes Andy an amazing tour guide for the variety of tours Altitude Tours operate.
Book a Tour with Altitude Tours to meet one of these legends!